August 2010



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Garrapata 4















The master photographers can spend years at a location to capture the best compositions with the best lighting. Some of the most notable photographers "cut their teeth" on the Monterey Peninsula.  I only had one day.  You just have to work with what you've got. 


In my case, I had the new Sigma 8-16mm lens.  I used the lens on a cropped sensor DSL which is equivalent to a 12-24mm lens on full frame.  Fantastic.  If you don't mind getting a little dirty, you can get on the ground and shoot images like the one above at about 9 inches distance from the succulents.  Setting up the composition was a matter of millimeters, not inches as with more normal focal length lenses.


I really enjoyed shooting the peninsula even though the light was flat, the waves flat, and the conditions less than inspirational.  At least I didn't get a bunch of really crappy images when the conditions were ideal.  That situation is a photographer's nightmare.  One added benefit, I was the only person at Garrapata for several hours.  The experience of the vast expanse of cliffs and flowers was breathtaking.  Personally, it was definitely an experience I will never forget.


The image above was shot with a 8-16 F4.0 zoom on a cropped frame DSLR, F8 with ISO 320, mounted on tripod with bass head. 


 Additional images Night Herons can be viewed  here